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WE ARE ON THE NET. net.art.lv [lv Latvia]

WE ARE ON THE NET. net.art.lv
 — Latvian net.art exhibition. Works from RIXC.LV server archive :: until December 19, 2010 :: Riga, Latvia.

WE ARE ON THE NET _ net.art.lv for the first time has gathered and exhibited the early Internet art works created by nowadays well known Latvian artists. The exhibited art works are a part of Latvian Electronic Arts Archive developed by RIXC with the support of Latvian Ministry of Culture. The Archive is developed on a base of the content of RIXC.LV (former re-lab.net) server that has hosted and maintained these early net.art projects since 1997.

WE ARE ON THE NET _ net.art.lv displays a part of the collected and reconstructed art works created between the mid 1990s until the beginning of the 21st century. ‘Reconstruction’ in this exhibition also means adjusting earlier artworks to contemporary technological standards, while maintaining their visual appearance and restoring their functionality.

WE ARE ON THE NET _ net.art.lv features works by Latvian artists Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Martins Ratniks, Janis Garancs, Kristine Kursisa, Miks Mitrevics, Girts Korps, Arvids Alksnis, Reinis Petersons, Janis Avotins, Oskars Poikans, Peteris Kimelis and others.

Conceptual background:

NINETIES. WE ARE ON THE NET – WE ARE THE NET.
By curators Raitis Smits and Rasa Smite.

The Internet developed rapidly in the mid 1990s providing not only new technical possibilities for creating artworks but also facilitating new forms of self-expression and established preconditions for creation of conceptually new space. Virtuality and immateriality of the electronic world first and foremost inspired and united artists for whom it was not so important to produce things but to make connections.

With an idea of free flowing concepts, collaboratively created content, free floating locations, the electronic arts laboratory E-Lab (now RIXC) and its server re-lab.net (rixc.lv), were established in Riga, Latvia, in 1996. The most active artists, DJs and musicians, poets and other creative minded people from younger generation at that time gathered around E-Lab interested to explore the new medium – the Internet. Along projects produced by E-Lab, since 1997 re-lab.net/rixc.lv server also hosts net.art works and creative net projects produced by other Latvian artists.

In a way new media works have realised the old avant-gardist vision of immateriality. Nevertheless the Internet has most probably made it even harder to store these works, if compared with contemporary art installations or video art. One of the main challenges is the rapid development of digital technologies and thus accordingly – ageing of previous technologies which endanger existence and maintenance of electronic art works in longer periods of time.

Furthermore net.art is often created in collective experiments considering the process of creation as the most important part and giving the result little attention. Therefore this exhibition poses challenges on how to display the process of creation or happening as well as the social context of archived art works and how to transform online art works into exhibition format.

Exhibition info:

Exhibition open November 5 – December 19, 2010.
kim? / RIXC gallery, Spikeri (Maskavas Street 12/1), Riga, Latvia.
Entrance free.

Opening hours: Mon., Tue: closed, Wed.: 14:00 – 19:00, Thu.: 14:00 – 20:00, Fri.: 14:00 – 19:00, Sat., Sun.: 12:00 – 17:00

Curators: Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite
Scenography: Rudolf Bekic, Raitis Smits
Design: Martins Ratniks
Technical solutions: Davis Bojars, Raitis Smits
Producers’ team: RIXC – Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Daina Silina, Agnese Baranova, Linda Vebere
Exhibition is produced by RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture in cooperation with Contemporary Arts Project kim?

The exhibition takes place in the framework of RIXC’s project ‘Latvian electronic art archive and public accessibility’ supported by Ministry of Culture in Latvia. The research on Latvian net.art works and networked projects that forms the bases of exhibition, is a part of scientific research project “Electronic arts archiving” in Art Research Lab (MPLab.lv) of Liepaja University. The research is also a part of PhD thesis by Raitis Smits ‘Maintenance and representation problematic of new media art’ (at the Latvian Academy of Arts) and PhD thesis by Rasa Smite ‘Creative Network Commnities’ (at Riga Stradins University).

Catalog info:

WE ARE ON THE NET / net.art.lv
Editors: Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite
Design: Martins Ratniks
Publisher: RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture in Riga, 2010
Languages: Latvian and English, 72 pages
ISBN 9984-9538-9-0

Support:

Ministry of Culture in Latvia, State Cultural Capital Foundation in Latvia, EEA Financial Mechanism, Norwegian Financial Mechanism, Department of Visual Communication in Art Academy of Latvia

Media support: ir, ? Satori, Easyget.lv, Kultura.lv, Another Travel Guide, Maksla Plus, Live Riga

Acknowledgments:

Inke Arns (for the inspiration while curating the irational.org exhibition in Dortmund); to all who have participated in E-LAB, Ozone and RIXC projects; and who have helped with producing exhibition: Laila Baumane, Aldis Bondars, Juris Smirnovs, Ojars Petersons, Mikelis Putrams.

Contacts:

RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture
11. Novembra krastmala 35-201, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
E-mail: <2010 (at) rixc.lv>
Ph: +371 67228478 (office)
Raitis Smits , +371 29401004
Rasa Smite , +371 26546776

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